Josef Greindl

Biography

Born: December 23, 1912; Munich, Germany   Died: April 16, 1993; Vienna, Austria  
Josef Greindl, with a voice mellower and less cutting than those of Gottlob Frick or Kurt Böhme, nonetheless became a dominant presence in the heaviest German bass roles during the 1950s and 1960s. A wide vibrato bothered some listeners who were sensitive to such matters, but Greindl was a savvy enough artist to subdue the effect in all but the most sustained passages and he was a canny presence. His Hagen exuded evil, while his Sarastro had a Read more warmth and dignity that clarified the role as few others did. His occasional ventures into Italian opera largely took place in Germany and primarily at a time in which Italian opera was sung there in the vernacular. Greindl sang the leading bass roles in two essential Ring cycles preserved on disc, first under Furtwängler in 1953 and under Clemens Krauss at Bayreuth in 1954. Studies with bass Paul Bender, a former leading artist in Munich, and Wagnerian soprano Anna Bahr-Mildenburg prepared Greindl for his debut as Hunding in a 1936 Krefeld production. From 1938 to 1942, the young bass was engaged at Düsseldorf. In 1942, Greindl began a long association with Berlin, first at the Staatsoper (until 1949) and thereafter at the Berlin's Städtische Oper. His debut at the Bayreuth Festival came as Pogner in 1943, but his prominent years there began in earnest in 1951. Concentrating his career in Europe, Greindl spent only one season at the Metropolitan Opera: in 1952, Heinrich and Pogner sufficed for his New York opera appearances. Later, however, he sang in Chicago, where his Daland and Alvise (in Italian, of course) were heard at the Lyric Opera in 1959. San Francisco heard him only in 1967 when his King Marke was described as "wobbly," although his Baron Ochs opposite Régine Crespin's Marschallin was found more satisfactory. In Berlin, the bass was much admired for his Boris Godunov. In the latter years of his Bayreuth affiliation, he abandoned Pogner for Hans Sachs, managing the tiring tessitura and enormous length of the role with skill and creating a positive portrait of the master cobbler. In 1973, Greindl was appointed a professor of singing at Vienna's Hochschule für Musik. Read less
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    Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Sawallisch, Nilsson, Bayreuth Festrival Orchestra
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 951183 Release Date: 06/08/2018   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Egmont Koch,  Hermann Winkler,  Grace Hoffmann,  Fritz Uhl  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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    Karl Bohm: The Complete Opera & Vocal Recordings on DG
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4798358 Release Date: 01/26/2018   Number of Discs: 70
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alban Berg,  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Martti Talvela,  James King,  Walter Taussig,  Dame Gwyneth Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden State Opera Chorus,  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Staatskapelle Dresden  ... 
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    Karl Bohm: Great Recordings 1953-1972
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797021 Release Date: 02/24/2017   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Max Reger,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Meyer,  Marianna Radev,  Josef Greindl,  Maria Stader  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin St. Hedwig Cathedral Choir,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Deutsche Grammophon: The Mono Era (1948-1957)
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002457272 Release Date: 03/18/2016   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Stefan Askenase,  Shura Cherkassky,  Halina Czerny-Stefanska,  Basile Bolotine  ... 
    Conductor:  Karel Ancerl,  Karl Böhm,  Serge Jaroff,  Leopold Ludwig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg / Knappertsbusch, Bayreuther Festspiele
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 917154 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schärtel,  Elisabeth Grümmer,  Josef Greindl,  Wolfgang Windgassen  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
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    Ferenc Fricsay - Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon Vol 2
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002346910 Release Date: 07/17/2015   Number of Discs: 37
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Hertha Töpper,  Helmut Krebs,  Ernst Haefliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  St. Hedwig's Cathedral Choir  ... 
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    Richard Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander (Bayreuth, 1961)
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 5167 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Anja Silja,  Josef Greindl,  Fritz Uhl,  Res Fischer  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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    Richard Wagner: Gotterdammerung (Bayreuth 1958)
    Label: Walhall   Catalog: 249 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Josef Greindl,  Astrid Varnay,  Elisabeth Grümmer,  Wolfgang Windgassen  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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    Wagner: Tannhauser  / Sawallisch, Windgassen, Fischer-dieskau, Bumbry
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 888143 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Wolfgang Windgassen,  Victoria de los Angeles,  Josef Greindl,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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    Richard Wagner: Die Walkure / Knappertsbusch, Bayreuth
    Label: Walhall   Catalog: 247 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Astrid Varnay,  Hans Hotter,  Jon Vickers,  Leonie Rysanek  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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    Verdi: Otello / Furtwangler, Vinay, Dermota, Wagner, Greindl
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 880132 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Ramon Vinay,  Dragica Martinis,  Anton Dermota,  August Jaresch  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Chorus
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    Flotow: Martha / Schuler, Berger, Tegetthoff, Fuchs, Anders, Greindl
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94681 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Friedrich von Flotow
    Performer:  Peter Anders,  Else Tegetthoff,  Eugen Fuchs,  Erna Berger  ... 
    Conductor:  Johannes Schüler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Chorus
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    Fidelio
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 2048 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Paul Schöffler,  Kirsten Flagstad,  Julius Patzak  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 14.
    Great Wagner Voices
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900310 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Ingrid Bjoner,  Elisabeth Grümmer,  Martina Arroyo,  Rudolf Schock  ... 
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    Great Wagner Singers [6-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001826302 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hans Hotter,  Sieglinde Wagner,  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Gundula Janowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinrich Hollreiser,  Wilhelm Pitz,  Ferdinand Leitner,  Richard Kraus  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus  ... 
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    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 4727667 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Paul Kuen,  Rita Streich,  Wolfgang [Tenor Vocal] Windgassen,  Marhta [Soprano Vocal] Modl  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
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    Deutsche Oper Berlin - 100 Years 1912-2012
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107522 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Erika Köth,  Walter Berry,  Pilar Lorengar,  Donald Grobe  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay,  Giuseppe Patané,  Arthur Rother,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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    Verdi: Don Carlos / King, Lorengar, Fischer-Dieskau, Sawallisch
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101621 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Martti Talvela,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Patricia Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Fidelio / Dooley, Berry, Ludwig, King, Rother
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101597 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Manfred Röhrl,  Barry McDaniel,  William Dooley,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Rother
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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    Wagner: Tannhauser / Sawallisch, Windgassen, Fischer-dieskau, Bumbry
    Label: Myto Records   Catalog: 291 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Josef Greindl,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Grace Bumbry  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 21.
    Carl Loewe Lied-Edition Vol 4 - Josef Greindl II
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 40012 Release Date: 12/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Loewe
    Performer:  Josef Greindl
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    Josef Greindl - Recordings 1944-1953
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10317 Release Date: 11/22/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Josef Greindl
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth,  Hermann Abendroth,  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Carl Loewe Lied-Edition Vol 5 - Greindl, Pitzinger, Alsen, Anders
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 40013 Release Date: 11/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Loewe
    Performer:  Hanns-Heinz Nissen,  Peter Anders,  Gertrude Pitzinger,  Josef Greindl
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    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Krauss, Hotter, Uhde, Stolze, Kuen, Greindl
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 809113 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Paul Kuen,  Gisela Litz,  Gerhard Stolze,  Hans Hotter  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Bohm, Bayreuther Festspiele [14-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001479602 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Gustav Neidlinger,  Thomas Stewart,  Sieglinde Wagner,  Helga Dernesch  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Chorus,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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